Erik Bakke is a rising third-year law student at NYU School of Law. He graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with a B.A. in Government. He has interned with the Consumer Protection Branch and Commercial Litigation Branch at the Department of Justice. He also worked as a Summer Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he will return next fall. At NYU Law, he is a Managing Editor for the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.
Daniel Blaze is a 2L at NYU School of Law. He graduated with a B.A. in Classics from Denison University. After graduation, Daniel worked as an English teacher in Shanghai and as a legal assistant at the Knox County Public Defender’ Office. He is a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law and has interned with Judge Pamela Reeves in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Ariel Deshe is a second-year student at NYU School of Law. He graduated from Columbia University in 2010 and then served for three years in the Israel Defense Forces. After completing his military service, Ariel was Vice President of Strategy at Oneder Inc. – a special education technology firm, where he remains an active member on the board of directors. This past summer Ariel interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. He is interested in criminal justice reform and pursuing a career in public defense.
Cassandra (Cassie) Deskus is a third year student at NYU Law. She graduated from UChicago in 2012 with a BS in Math. After graduation, she worked as a software developer in Chicago for three years and got an MS from Northwestern part-time. At NYU she is a Managing Editor of NYU’s Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and an ASPIRE Cybersecurity Scholar. She spent her 1L and 2L summers at DOJ’s Criminal Division in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section and the Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section. She is pursuing a career in criminal law.
Chloe George is a 3L at NYU Law. She graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a B.A. in Government. On campus at NYU, she is a co-founder of the Brady Campaign and co-chair of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Over the past two summers, she interned with the felony unit of San Diego’s Public Defender’s Office and this summer worked as a summer associate at Skadden in Los Angeles. She hopes to pursue a career in public defense.
Kyra Ferber is a third-year law student at NYU Law. While at NYU, Kyra has interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Prior to law school, Kyra worked in investigative research. Kyra graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in English.
Dimitri Henry is a rising third-year honors student at New York University, where he is majoring in Politics and minoring in Public Policy & Management on a BA-MPA track in the College of Arts & Science and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He has a wide range of public policy interests ranging from the global economy to judicial vacancies. Prior to the Policing Project, Dimitri has worked in all levels of government, most recently in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Mayor of New York. Additionally, Dimitri has pursued criminal justice reform nationally at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. Upon graduation, Dimitri hopes to pursue a career in public interest law.
Sofia McDonald is a 3L at New York University School of Law. She graduated with a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University in 2013. Before law school, Sofia was a special education teacher on the West Side of Chicago. At NYU, Sofia is involved in the Suspension Representation Project and is a member of the Black Allied Law Students Association. This past spring she participated in the Equal Justice and Defender Clinic, where she worked with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama on a death penalty case. Sofia was a summer associate at Ropes & Gray in between her second and third years of law school.
Kathryn Morris is a second-year student at NYU Law. Prior to law school, she worked for the FBI in the FOIA and Privacy Act Program, where she analyzed investigative records for classified and sensitive information prior to public disclosure. During college, she was a public affairs specialist for her local VA medical center, promoting medical services and health initiatives through traditional and social media. This past summer, Kathryn was a research assistant in the NIH Bioethics Program and interned with the Privacy Office at UNC Health Care System. Her research interests include the privacy implications for novel uses of medical and health data by law enforcement.
Jack Burling Nebe is a rising senior at New York University, double majoring in Philosophy and Politics. His current work focuses on theories of reparation and includes research around ongoing litigation in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York, which seeks compensation from Germany for its 1904 Herero/Nama Genocide in Namibia. Jack’s interest in the Policing Project was spurred by unresolved investigations into the 2012 Marikana Massacre in South Africa, in which 34 miners were shot by police in the single most lethal use of state force against civilians since the Sharpeville Massacre during the Apartheid era.
Andrew Wong is a 3L at the NYU School of Law. After graduating from Brown University in 2010, he worked as a special education teacher in Milwaukee, WI with Teach for America. After his time with TFA, he moved back to New York and continues to work in public education. He has broad interests in the criminal justice and public education fields and hopes to work in an area that combines both after law school.